Coaches

Frank Biller, M.Sc., MBA | Head Coach & Director of Rowing

Frank has been at the helm of Virginia Rowing since Fall 2009. Under his guidance the Wahoo crews have won multiple ACRA National Championships, Dad Vail Golds as well as six Head of the Charles titles. Internationally, Frank has taken UVA crews to Henley Royal in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017. Several of his UVA rowers have represented the US internationally, including at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Frank has over 30 years of experience at every level of the sport, coaching and mentoring athletes from the junior to elite levels, both in Europe and in the United States. These athletes have won medals at the world championships, as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Growing up in Switzerland and traveling the rowing world, Frank has studied the different systems, styles, and cultures of today’s most successful rowing powers.

Frank also has enjoyed successful careers in banking, finance and the military. In 2004 he earned an MBA and MS from Drexel University’s LeBow Business School. Frank is also adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville where he lectures in cultural development and mindfulness.

He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son.


Alan Kush | Associate Head Coach ’11

Alan is back for his 3rd year of coaching for VRA. Prior to his return to Charlottesville, he coached the Oakland Strokes’ Varsity Men from 2014-2017 in San Francisco. Prior to Strokes, Alan was the UC Berkeley Women’s Rowing team rigger and assistant boathouse manager.

Before migrating west from Virginia, Alan served as Head Coach for the University of Virginia Club Women’s program in 2012 and Assistant Coach for the University of Virginia Men’s Rowing program from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 and 2018 he was an assistant coach for the Under 23 National Team, where he managed the Men’s 1x and lightweight 1x rowers from selection through the championship regatta.

Alan began rowing in 2007 for the University of Virginia and rowed for four years for the team. In 2011 Alan was a member of the UVA Men’s Varsity 8+ ACRA National Champions, continuing with that team to row at the Henley Royal Regatta where they made it through to the Temple Challenge Cup semi-final. Alan graduated from UVA in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with minors in Business and Physics. After graduation he continued to row through 2014 with the California Rowing Club.

 

Jenny Fjeseth, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, CES | Athletic Trainer

Highly trained, educated and superbly experienced, particularly in the sport of rowing, Jenny is the dedicated healer to those who fall hard. With a primary goal of injury prevention, she is responsible for all aspects of athletic training which includes evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries for VRA.

Jenny has been using her 20+ years of knowledge, skills, and experience to keep the team in top form. In addition to working with VRA, she has worked with NCAA teams at two D-I universities (rowing, football, and men’s gymnastics), members of various national rowing teams, professional athletes, and everyday athletes from all walks of life.

In addition to her M.Ed. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from UVA ‘01, she also holds a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Jenny is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification, licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine, a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a certified STOTT Pilates instructor for all levels of mat and reformer. She is certified in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer through the American Safety & Health Institute.

When Jenny isn’t geeking out over the latest kinesiology research articles, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, solving puzzles, and playing board games. She is married to Lance Fjeseth and they have two children, Ty and Zoe.

 

Volunteer Coaches

Francis “Frank” Vasquez | Assistant Coach ’18

 

Frank came to UVA from Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C., where he was a member of the Varsity Eight that finished 4th at the Head of the Charles in 2013, won the Stotesbury Cup in 2013 and 2014, and won the SRAA National Championship in 2014. He rowed for Virginia for four years, graduating in 2018 with a degree in biomedical engineering. After not being able to race his first year due to injury, he earned a bronze in the Collegiate Four at Head of the Charles in 2015 and a silver in the Second Varsity Eight at the ACRA national championship. In his third and fourth year, Frank was a member of a Varsity Eight that earned bronze (2016) and gold (2017) at the Head of the Charles, and two bronze medals at the ACRA national championship. He has served as an assistant coach since 2018. At his day job, Frank is a biomedical engineer for the MITRE Corporation working in the UVA Hospital.
 
Frank came to Virginia from Gonzaga Highschool in Northern Virginia, where he won a lot, including the Stotesbury Cup. He rowed for Virginia for four years, graduating in 2018 and serving as an assistant coach since. Frank’s regular job is big data analytics/pattern/trend here in C’ville but it’ all top-secret.
 

Garret Overholser | Assistant Coach ’18

Growing up in Hong Kong and Australia, Garret came to UVA from St. Peter’s College, Adelaide where he first learned to row.  Garret rowed for 4 years at Virginia where he placed 2nd in the N8+ at ACRA in 2015, before winning 3 consecutive bronze medals in the Varsity 8+.  Alongside Coach Vasquez, Garret was a part of the Virginia Varsity 8 that won and set a new course record at HOCR in 2017.  Since graduating in 2018, Garret has worked at VividCortex, a Charlottesville based tech company. 

Connor Joslin | Coxswain Coach ’19

Connor started rowing at Great Bridge High School, and began his career as a coxswain there in his senior year. He has since adopted a dog and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 and is currently studying Slavic Languages in grad school at UVA. After four years in the coxswain seat at UVA, as well as being the Varsity Eight Cox, he understands the importance of proper coxswain first hand. He is volunteering and dedicating his time especially to those who have never rowed/coxed before, helping them to explore their integral roles on the team.

Ben Young | Assistant Coach

Ben began rowing at Langley High School in Northern Virginia where he won the state championship in the J8 in 2014. After high school, he continued his rowing career at The Ohio State University where he was the Vice President of Budgeting from 2016 to 2019. He graduated with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Music from OSU and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Secondary Education at the University of Virginia.

 

 

Ryan McCarthy | Assistant Coach

After a combined eight years of racing at Philips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Ryan knows how to work hard. In addition she spent several years in the New York Metro area coaching rowing as well as various strength and conditioning programs including CrossFit and Strongman, where she also competed. She definitely like the tough stuff and pumping some iron. Now, Ryan works for UVA Facilities and will enjoy helping you getting stronger (and tougher).